Ani Difranco

Submitted by on Sep 1, 2015

Who’s Ani DiFranco? Ani DiFranco – without further ado

For example, you are driving in the car somewhere, say, on the track: summer, hot asphalt, the sun, endless forests.

The windows open, the wind whistling, suddenly some note rolls longing, and you remember those who had once been happy. Music – no power, that’s all it is – Ani. She knows how to ‘co-produce’ twist and emotions.

Ani DiFranco was born Sept. 23, 1970 in Buffalo (New York). She soon started playing (9 years) and earn at local bars. Most of her repertoire were Beatles, but it is composed and the songs, which accumulated to 19 years over a hundred.

When her parents divorced, Ani turned 15, she rented an apartment and started to live independently. At that time she was already giving concerts and, considering that the continuation of studies – a waste of time, decided the remaining 3 years to finish the year. At 16, Anna graduated from college and come to grips with the music. She played songs of the Beatles in the transitions and moonlighted artist’s model, posing for artists and students. On the advice of friends, she recorded some of his songs on cassette and sent to owners of several clubs. Since the label was born in 1989 Righteous Babe (Just toddler).

Her musical career has proceeded spontaneously and had no plan. Unlike most young musicians, she did not try to imitate anyone. She just sang, played and danced.

Ani released debut album in 1990. Since then, many years have passed, and the Righteous Babe is still one of the few independent labels America. Initially RB located in a tiny apartment, and albums sold only after the concerts. “We have no marketing scheme, there is no grand plan for development, there is only one: we try to create good art».

In 1989, Anna settled in a prestigious area of ​​Manhattan. The local music critic after the release of her first album of Ani wrote this: “. Wicked, militant, hating all men, untidy, messy, hairy chicken, trying to be a rock performer. ” Of course, such insolence angered Ani. In protest, she obrilas shaved and called his music punk-folk.

In 1991 Ani toured the country and quickly gained popularity in the “narrow circle”. Ani gradually supplement their punk-folk elements of jazz, funk, latin.

By 1993, it began to pay attention to the music companies, but suddenly they ran into resistance. She avoided and avoid any outside influence, the larger record companies.

We all know the history, when the thematic musicians beat their chests and shouting about its independence, it is not very popular, and cash-strapped. But as soon as the end of the tunnel loomed cash deal, coupled with a bank account, a blue screen and recognition – all the individuality and charm of these artists became only the image. Examples of this, there are among our artists, but now it is not about them.

Ani continued to tour and release albums that are getting better and better. Not a Pretty Girl (1995) was awarded the positive reviews in The New York Times, Dilate (1996) was the first hundred chart Billboard.

The most interesting thing is that, without the support of the Muses. monsters, Ani is nevertheless one of the most famous and recognized personalities of the western musical Olympus. People will tell each other about it, and the number of fans is growing. She always appears on the covers of famous music publications and could make a fortune alone on T-shirts with his picture, but it is not even allowed to sign his name on these shirts. “I do not like to talk about himself. On stage I’m the center of attention, but in life – thank you. I do not want to work on the image and dance to the tune of others. ” This brings to mind a kind word Lady GaGu, which captivated the entire Internet with their news and clothes.

Annie breaks down barriers, proving that there is an alternative system of companies that control 90% of the music market. Independence is not always a synonym for obscurity, but to attract people’s attention – not necessarily “sell” and flickering on the screen.

It is often accused of militant feminism with radical political views, expressed in complacency and politicking. And she still: beautiful, bright, sexual stubbornly curved lips, the woman rebel music plays non-profit, does not enter into contracts and allows you to earn money for themselves. It supports homosexuals, criticizes the power of love, whom she does not listen and does not fit into any framework. Its motto was the phrase: “ignore the facts, swim against the current and say the truth».

All that it has – it is his label, freedom, bright appearance and tattoos in places that people rarely mention aloud. Annie – this is talent, laughter, statements about free love revelry. As noted feminist poet Judy Grand Prix, for the majority of men, the most terrible and frightening sound in the world is loud female laughter.

His great sense of humor Ani include between songs, provoking a wave of laughter. She is attentive to the audience, all the nuances and details, good improvising skillfully interweaves meanings, and through songs and aims to bring social problems, and pour out your soul.

For many years, Annie felt a lesbian. But she says that for a long time does not determine their sexual orientation. “In my life, no matter gender, color of hair or a confession.” She writes songs about love and sex with both men and women.

In her men, according to the most Ani, much more feminine than herself.

In 1998, she married, divorced in 5 years. In 2007, she gave birth to a daughter for her father whom she married in 2009.

Now you can see Annie in a skirt and lipstick. It became softer, but its inherent prickliness left, and it’s not bad. Feminism, I feel good, until it turns into a repulsive and rude is not beyond seductive.

I like her songs translated to disassemble the lines. I like how she uses metaphors, puns, irony and soft angry sarcasm. She masterfully combines personal and social (addiction problems metropolis), it tells the story of a plague of our century – depression, and only apparent detachment temptation.

Many of her songs are about the problems of racism, sexism, sexual violence, homophobia, poverty and war. It is against all the reaction that has accumulated in the society, but it does so elegantly, like a woman.

Ani activist life. Let it criticize those who consider the personal and social incompatible spheres of life – it still.

Albums Ani sold in all major stores in the US, Britain and Europe, Asia, Australia and Israel.

I can not say how much it is known to our public, but with full responsibility I can say that the music played by Anya, can ignite a fire inside to 40 degrees. (In the hot summer to listen dangerous place next to the fan!)

An unusual woman, alternative music, unnaturally bright hair color … mmm. so, naturally – not my strong point.

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